For 7 years, I had trusted that the chemicals I had been using in my career were safe. I never questioned it. In cosmetology school, we weren’t educated about the toxic chemicals we would be exposed to, so it became apparent that I needed to educate myself.
The fragrance industry's self-regulating chemical safety program is greenlighting chemicals that reputable authoritative bodies and government agencies have restricted, banned or deemed hazardous.
We certainly need new legislation to fix the many problems with how cosmetics are regulated, but much like the Personal Care Product Safety Act, this bill really misses the mark when it comes to ensuring the safety of cosmetic ingredients.
Our newly released fragrance report – Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Policy Failures, the Trade Secret Myth and Public Health -- has grabbed the attention of the fragrance industry.
Safety of 3,000 fragrance chemicals is entirely determined by the fragrance industry. This self-regulating policy is failing to protect the public from chemicals of concern in fragrance.
Until companies come clean on the ingredients they’re using in fragrance, try some of these non-toxic alternatives.